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Budget 2015 “revision” is just a PR exercise, USD55 per barrel price unrealistic

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 20th January 2015 On 27 October 2014, when the crude oil price was hovering at the US$80-85 per barrel mark, I called on Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to revise the budget which had been… Read More

Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More

Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

World Bank’s Report on Malaysian Minimum Wages

WB Minimum Wages

In view of the near-nonsensical discussion in the media on minimum wage by Barisan Nasional elected representatives, I decided to release my copy of a confidential report by the World Bank to the Malaysian Government entitled “Optimal design for a minimum wage policy in Malaysia.” I am encouraged to do so by Kota Belud MP… Read More

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    Beyond Local Government: Making Kuala Lumpur a State

    Coming this 1 February, Kuala Lumpur will celebrate 41 years of becoming a “federal territory”. While some revere the move as an elevation of status, being a federal territory also means Kuala Lumpur residents lost their right to elect a second-tier representative government. They can only cast one vote to elect Members of Parliament who represent them in the Dewan Rakyat unlike the federal-state electoral arrangement in the other thirteen states in Malaysia.

    While Kuala Lumpur has a City Hall, residents and taxpayers do not get to vote for its Mayor. Instead the Datuk Bandar (Lord Mayor) of Kuala Lumpur is a federally-appointed official. This is ironical, considering one of the earliest elections in the history of our country is the Kuala Lumpur municipal election in 1952.

    In 2001, Kuala Lumpur as the capital of Malaysia also lost its administrative and judiciary functions when the government moved its office as well as the apex court to Putrajaya. For some reason, only the legislative function of the federal capital was retained with the Parliament still located within Kuala Lumpur.

    Thus, being denied second- and third-tier representative governments and removed of its core functions as the federal capital, over the years, the Federal Territory Day for Kuala Lumpur is often no more than an official celebration and just another public holiday.

    This year, we aim to offer alternative reflections on what it means to remake Kuala Lumpur the federal territory into Kuala Lumpur the 14th state of Malaysia.

    On 1 February, REFSA (Research for Social Advancement), a public policy think tank, will be hosting a forum entitled, "Beyond Local Government: Making Kuala Lumpur A State".

    The forum will open with a keynote by Tan Kok Wai, a fifth term Kuala Lumpur MP and features a distinguished panel of speakers, namely, Liew Chin Tong, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Dr Wong Chin Huat and Ishak Surin in a conversation about the potential role of Kuala Lumpur as a state. The discussion will be moderated by Steven Sim, the Executive Director of REFSA.

    Such remaking of Kuala Lumpur is not unimaginable given that city’s annual budget and its population are bigger than most other states in Malaysia. Can we then re-imagine Kuala Lumpur as a state, with the concomitant structures to enable it to function as such? What are the pros and cons of such an arrangement?

    Come and join the discussion as we explore and re-imagine the status of Kuala Lumpur as a potential state of Malaysia.

    The forum is free and open to all. Details are, as follows:
    Date: 1 Feb 2015 (Sunday)
    Time: 2.00pm -5.00pm
    Venue: Level 6, Mandarin B Room, Mandarin Court Hotel, Jalan Maharajalela, KL (https://goo.gl/maps/bDOyX, Diagonally opposite of Maharajalela Monorail Station)
    Language: English

    For more information, please visit http://www.refsa.org

    Wong Shu Qi
    Deputy Executive Director
    REFSA

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